Your pet is a part of your family and you would be devastated if anything ever happened to them. Most pet owners outfit their dogs and cats with collars and ID tags, but is it enough? Unfortunately, if your pet manages to get out of your yard, there’s a chance their collar could get lost in the process. Collars slip off or break all the time. The good news is that there is a better solution for helping your pet find their way home if they get loose. Microchipping is an easy, effective way to for rescuers to ID your pet in the event they get separated from you.
If your dog cat runs away, or worse, is stolen a microchip can serve as indisputable proof that your pet belongs to you. You would be surprised how common it is for people to try to claim ownership over a straight pet they’ve found on their street. These cases are very stressful for both the pet and the rightful pet owner. However, if you have microchipped and registered your pets, there is no way that anyone can deny that they belong to you.
Microchipped pets have a far greater chance of being reunited with their owners in the event that they get lost. Studies have proven that dogs that are microchipped are returned to their rightful home over two times more often than unchipped dogs. Considering the number of pets that are lost each year, that is a pretty significant number.
There are several reasons why your pet may become separated from you. Perhaps someone accidentally left a door or gate open, or maybe you simply have a curious pet who is a master escape artist. When your dog or cat gets out, more often than not they have every intention of returning home. Unfortunately, the outside world can be a hazardous place for domestic animals. Dogs and cats can become lost and disoriented as they dodge traffic and navigate unfamiliar terrain.
Eventually, someone may pick up your lost pet. Hopefully, that person’s first instinct will be to take your pet to a local shelter or veterinarian’s office. Once there, a veterinarian is able to use a special device to check if a dog is chipped. When a microchip registers with the scanner, it tells the vet information about the pet and their owner’s contact information. From there, you should be contacted to come to pick up your pet.
The process of microchipping a pet is very easy. Using a special needle, a tiny chip is placed just underneath your pet’s skin. The process is virtually painless for your pet and takes just seconds. However, it’s important to note that your job does not end there. Your veterinarian will give you information on how to register your pet’s microchip ID. You will be responsible for making sure that the microchip company has all your current information on file.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to ask your veterinarian about microchipping your pet during your next visit.